The Eisenhower Memorial Commission has canceled its Thursday appearance before the National Capital Planning Commission to seek preliminary approval for the memorial honoring Dwight D. Eisenhower.
In a statement Tuesday, the memorial commission cited the need to address requests for additional information contained in an NCPC staff report, announced late last week, as the reason for the delay.
“We have decided to forego appearing before NCPC on Sept. 12 in the belief that the next few months would be better spent satisfying the concerns addressed in the EDR [executive director’s recommendation]. We look forward to holding substantive and constructive meetings with appropriate NCPC officials, and to continue to work in collaboration with them to agree upon a specific measurable action plan to resolve their concerns,” the statement read.
The report calls the testing of the memorial materials insufficient, takes issue with the scale and placement of the columns and tapestries, and raises questions about whether the design fulfills its aim to be an “urban park.”